Winter/Spring 2011 Stitch Preview

The new issue of Stitch hits newsstands January 18, and it’s the exciting start of our new quarterly publishing schedule! To kick off the new year in grand style, the winter/spring issue is all about learning and experimenting with sewing techniques. From learning how to sew tricky fabrics to mastering a new finishing technique, to getting creative with construction, this issue will inspire you to broaden your technique repertoire and stretch your creativity in 2011.

The issue features a combination of great technique how-to features, profiles of designers that experiment with techniques in creative ways, and project stories that use a technique as a creative jumping off point.

Here’s a peek inside the articles:

– Everybody has techniques that always trip them up or ones they never formally learned how to do properly. This is the inspiration for our feature, Top 10, on the top ten sewing tips and techniques every sewist should know. From setting in a sleeve to installing an invisible zipper, we’ll show you how to master these tricky techniques with step-by-step instructions and illustrations.

– Knits can be tricky fabrics to work with but once you know how to handle them you can make amazing things. You’ll get the information you need in our workshop on sewing knits, called Knit Knowledge, by Deepika Prakash, founder of the must-read website. Deepika includes a fantastic troubleshooting section that addresses common knit-sewing frustrations and how to successfully address them.

– Need some inspiration for getting creative with techniques? Read our profiles on art-to-wear skirt designer Alison Willoughby and fiber artist mummysam who combine sewing, embroidery, and illustration in charming ways.

Ready to make stuff? Check out this issue’s project themes featuring cool projects by our talented designers:

– The Art of Applique features fourteen projects from retro and kitschy to stylish and modern that show what you can do with this versatile technique. If you are new to appliqué simply check out our appliqué technique primer to quickly master this fun technique.

– Knit Wit gives you a chance to put your knit knowledge into practice with projects showcasing the endless versatility of knits. From softly draped dresses and tops to a cozy sweater throw blanket, you’ll be inspired to pull out those knit fabrics right away and get sewing.

– Get Closure shows how creative you can get using closures as a design element. You’ll find fun projects that use zippers, buttons, and ties in really clever ways.

– Piece by Piece features projects that go graphic with patchwork and fabric piecing. Mix it up with inspired fabric combinations and innovative piecing.

– Sew Small, So Stylish allows you to experiment with techniques in fabric jewelry and small accessories for unique accents that are great for stashbusting.

And by popular demand, we are adding more refashioned projects to Stitch so you can freshen up something you already own or quickly dress up a store-bought item. So look for our Refashioned/Remixed icon on projects that will save you money and time. We all need more of that!

With 40 projects in this issue, there is so much to choose from that it will keep you busy making cool stuff while learning fun techniques for quite a while. To get you started, see what Stitch designers and staff have on their to-do-list for 2011 in our Sewing Resolutions article. It definitely got me inspired to add some more things to my growing list of sewing goals for the new year.

Thanks to all of you for a fantastic 2010. Here’s wishing you a wonderful and relaxing holiday season and a fabulous new year of sewing!

Tricia and the Stitch Team



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